Navy sensor net ready for more tests
- By George I. Seffers
- Nov 14, 2000
A Navy network of sensors is ready for another round of tests next month
after Raytheon Co. fixed problems that emerged during testing in September,
industry sources said.
The Cooperative Engagement Capability program is a system of sensors
that enables multiple ships to simultaneously detect and track enemy air
threats, even if an individual ship's sensors have not yet picked up the
In September, Raytheon and the Navy tested CEC aboard the aircraft carrier
battle groups USS Eisenhower and Kennedy in the Virginia capes, and the
system had some problems that have since been fixed, according to a Raytheon
The next tests will be Dec. 1 through 16 in Puerto Rico and in the waters
around the Virginia capes. The system is also scheduled for an operational
evaluation in May.
"[The problems] were primarily to do with the link scheduling that occurs
when you get links dropping in and out," said Tony Gecan, CEC engineering
fellow at Raytheon. "We were getting a certain number of network management
messages that were more than we wanted to see."
Gecan added that the network remained up and running despite the minor
problems and that Raytheon solved the problem by changing the algorithms
that govern scheduling.
Raytheon officials said that they have been marketing an expanded version
of CEC known as the Joint Sensor Network to the other military services.
That network is to be used as the basis for a Single Integrated Air Picture,
a joint effort to weave together all the data from sensors owned by the
individual military services into one cohesive view of air threats.
The Single Integrated Air Picture effort so far is focused on detecting
and tracking incoming ballistic missiles.
Raytheon has demonstrated CEC capabilities for the Joint Forces Command,
the Army and the Air Force. In addition, the United Kingdom likely will
purchase several CEC systems.
Raytheon officials say they have already earned about $1 billion in
revenue from the CEC program and hope evolving it into the Joint Sensor
Network will allow them to match that number. British involvement will be
worth about $100 million.